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Advancing Justice-LA Receives Grant to Combat Labor Trafficking from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) is a proud recipient of a General Community Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) to further expand the organization’s work to combat labor trafficking.  
“We are grateful to the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles for giving us the resources and support to fight labor trafficking in our community,” says Advancing Justice-LA President and Executive Director Stewart Kwoh. “A significant number of trafficking victims come from Asia and with this grant, we are poised to continue serving limited-English proficient immigrants in the region who are victims of modern-day slavery.”  
Advancing Justice-LA has served survivors of labor trafficking since 1995. The Foundation’s General Community Grant will allow the organization to continue and expand its support services for survivors of labor trafficking including providing them with T-visas. Advancing Justice-LA uses its litigation to educate the community about trafficking in plain sight, make systemic changes, and develop survivors into leaders who are able to share their own stories and advocate for changes in their community.  
Victims of labor trafficking are recruited into a myriad of industries, including domestic work, caregiving, and hospitality. Migrant workers are often misled by unscrupulous employers and given false information about their rights because they are unfamiliar with the laws and customs of the United States. Cultural, linguistic, and sociopolitical factors also make many migrant workers from Asia reluctant to report exploitative work conditions and reach out to law enforcement or nonprofits for assistance.  
“Although public awareness about human trafficking has grown dramatically in recent years, labor trafficking remains largely unrecognized, underreported, and under-prosecuted,” says Advancing Justice-LA staff attorney Christopher Lapinig. “The Foundation’s General Community Grant will be vital in supporting our work to continue raising awareness about this issue.”  
Jessica Jinn, (213) 241-8817, [email protected]
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018


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